When you hear “dental crowns,” what is the first thing you think of? Odds are good that your first association is cavities. It’s true that cavities are a common reason for dental crowns, but they are far from the only one. Recent advances in dentistry have made crowns a versatile treatment suited to both restoration and cosmetics.
What Are Dental Crowns?
In essence, dental crowns are a “cap” that fits over an existing tooth. Unlike porcelain veneers, the cap covers all surfaces of your tooth to protect it from continuing damage. The natural look of dental porcelain means that your crown will also improve the appearance of your smile.
Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are designed primarily to cover and correct damage. Of course, this includes advanced cavities and decay, but there are many other reasons to use dental crowns.
- Hold together a cracked or broken tooth
- Correct severe wear
- Stabilize a tooth after a root canal
- Cover a “soft” tooth, or one without enamel
- Replace a missing tooth, when used with a dental implant
- Correct a misshapen tooth
- Cover permanent discoloration
Typically, crown installation is spread over several appointments. The process starts will a comprehensive exam, including x-rays and diagnostic imaging. Your tooth will be prepared for the crown. Preparation involves cleaning the tooth, removing old repairs, and reshaping the tooth so the crown will fit. Dental impressions will be taken to serve as molds for the new crown, and Dr. Burmaster or Dr. Hemphill may place a temporary crown for comfort and to protect the tooth.
A dental laboratory fabricates your custom crown using your impressions. Once your crown has been finished, it will be fit and permanently placed at a second appointment.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have questions or concerns about dental crowns, we are always happy to answer them. Our goal is to set you at ease before your crown treatment so that you can feel confident in both your treatment and results. Drs. Burmaster and Hemphill are also able to repair or replace old crowns to improve the look and function of your teeth. To schedule a consultation with Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA, contact us on our website or at 504.358.8632.